I’m committed to small space living and one of the ways I’m making it work is by embracing eReading…
I’ve been an avid reader since the age of four. I was the kid who was much happier with a book than with the latest and greatest toy. My grandmother from Ohio panicked one day because it was so quiet, she thought I must be up to no good but instead found me curled up on a couch with my nose in my mom’s childhood Bobbsey Twins collection.
Fiction, business/marketing strategy, biographies, humor and philosophy…just about any book will catch my attention. I even love a good cookbook even though I’m kitchen challenged. When Amazon first came out with their Kindle, I was first in line to get one. Initially I only used my kindle for fiction, business and motivational books. Anything that had pretty images; design, cookbooks, photography, art or how to books were still procured in hardcopy.
I love the feel of a new book, the cover art and the smell. So…don’t get me wrong. I absolutely adore books. But being a bibliophile and living in a small space doesn’t work.
So this year, I’ve taken my eReading two steps further, I’ve started to get image happy publications on Kindle and I use my iPad or laptop for these. I have a stand for my iPad if I’m following a recipe in a cookbook or want to peruse a how to book while at my desk on the computer. I’ve subscribed to the digital version of several of my favorite shelter magazines, Dwell and Elle Decor. I download the most recent issue to my Zinio reader on my iPad and read it there. I still prefer my Kindle reader in the evenings for before bed reading due to its light weight and no backlight to minimize eyestrain.
I do buy hardcopies from time to time from the Friends of the Library bookstore or if Costco’s price is a bit better than Amazon. But I give away or resell as many hardcopies as I can. If I’m not going to read the book again, I’d rather it not just sit on the shelf. I try to keep set storage locations in my home for books. Once those spaces are filled, that’s it, no more books.
I do find I tend to forget about reading materials on my iPad but as I use electronic subscriptions more and more, this is becoming less of an issue. I also would never take an iPad to the beach so still subscribe to a few paper magazines.
The public library is another great space saving option. When living in Honolulu, I visited the Kaimuki library on a regular basis, since moving to Maui I haven’t but have recently found out that the Hawaii State Library System is now offering ebooks and audio books on loan! Worth checking out…
Have you embraced eReading? What device do you read on?
The above image shown on the iPad is from The Sriracha Cookbook by Randy Clemens.